Today the Chancellor set out a review on spending. This is not a budget but an insight into a change in direction on public policy and Government spending.
Today's review delivers a huge investment in our police force, our schools and our NHS. This Government is committed to protecting our communities, growing and transforming our economy and ensuring young people are given the best possible start in life.
Today the chancellor has announced;
- £2.6 billion additional funding for schools in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20. This ensures that per pupil funding for all students can rise at least in line with inflation.
- £400 million investment in Further Education in 2020-21, supporting an improved further education offer for every place in the country.
- An extra £750 million for policing to support delivery of the Government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional officers by 2023 (up to 6,000 officers are to be in place by the end of 2020-21). This means new police officers in every Force in the country.
- Increasing funding for the National Health Service by £6.2 billion in 2020-21. This will provide funding for more doctors and nurses in every region across the country.
- The largest increase in Local Government Core Spending Power since 2015, giving councils access to an additional £2.9 billon next year (4.3 per cent in real terms). This includes an additional £1 billion for adult and children’s social care, for local authorities to meet rising demand and stabilise the social care system
In addition the regeneration of towns funding was confirmed, Tamworth is an area which has will be benefitting from high street funding to help us renovate our town centre.
The funding for University Hospitals Birmingham was also fully confirmed - a whopping £97.1 million which will be used to provide a new purpose built hospital facility in Birmingham for outpatients, meaning shorter waiting lists, faster service and less demand for beds as fewer patients will reach crisis point.
More widely across the region the Chancellor also committed to £46 million of funding 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The Games set to take place in 2022 are bringing jobs, better transport and new sporting opportunities to the whole region.
With an autumn budget on the horizon I will continue to press for more funding for our town and the surrounding villages, better broadband and transport schemes and keep the pressure on for our schools, hospitals and police force to receive the best support for them to do their jobs.